• OSX 10bit, mac 10bit support, digitech london

    Introducing 10-bit Workflow

    After waiting several months for Apple & Phase One to fix several bugs on El Capitan, LSdigi now fully supports 10-bit worlflow on Mac Pro cylinder & Eizo Cg247 packages. The 10m cabling for satellite monitor has also been upgraded to support 10bit output.

    Capture one 9.0.3 has been installed on all systems to benefit from the new processing engine and tools.

  • 10bit OSX support, el capitan 10bit support

    El Capitan & 10bit Display Support

    Apple has recently launched a new OS – El Capitan (10.11.1). As expected, the initial release contained an enourmous amount of bugs and lacked support for PRO Photo & Video apps such as CaptureOne, which is why I always recommend to wait at least two months before updating on shoot computers.

    Usually, I never jump into testing new OS, however this time something caught my eye – a rumour on a German tech site, which suggested that El Capitan finally supports 10bit displays. This was quite a shock, as Apple has continuously refused to provide professional users 10bit support despite countless requests. My guess for this swift change in direction is the new 5k iMac which offers a P3 wide gamut display.

    So, what is the big deal about 10bit support over traditional 8bit? You have approx 1 billion colours displayed, compared to 16.7 million using 8bit, which gives a much higher accuracy in the change in tones, and a visibly smoother graduation (which you can test with a downloadable file here).

    10-bit display

    To have a true 10bit output you need to have all the components that support it, which are:

    Image File (e.g 16bit RAW / TIFF) -> OS -> Software (e.g. Photoshop) -> Video Card  -> Monitor LUTs -> Panel Depth

    If any one of these are missing, you will only be getting an 8bit output.

    I have done some testing on the new Mac Pro with Dual D500 Graphics cards, an Eizo CS230 Monitor, OSX 10.11.1 & Capture One 8.3.4 (which now officially supports El Capitan and appears stable), and I can confirm that we can now achieve a 10bit output!

    Here is a more in-depth article on 10bit output: http://www.imagescience.com.au/kb/questions/152/10+Bit+Output+Support

    As of yet (29th October 2015), I am sticking to 10.9.5 for shoot computers, with plans to upgrade to El Capitan as soon as 10.11.2 is released.

    OSX 10bit support, el capitan 10bit support

    iPhone photo showing smooth 10bit gradient on the left (preview) vs quick look on the right

    OSX 10bit monitor support, El Capitan 10bit support

  • Inovativ Scout 37 Hire London

    Inovativ Scout 37″ Now available to hire in London!

    We are pleased to announce the new Inovativ Scout 37″ Equipment Cart, which is now available to hire from LSdigi! We have managed to snap up the first cart in the UK from the London Distributor with additional attachment which allows an Eizo monitor attached to the cart or any other 5/8 Baby Pin system such as the Digi Plate. This is a dream machine to any Photographer, Digital Operator or D.I.T! Here are a few of our favourite features:

    • Portable size – 31.5″L x 17.5″W x 7″H, 29kg with wheels, 20kg without (perfect for flying without excess luggage fees)
    • Tool-Free Design which snaps together in 30 seconds
    • Height adjustment of 10″, so no more back-ache however tall you are!

    There is a huge range of attachments aimed at film productions such as Steadicam, 100mm Ball Mount, Mitchell/Ronford Baker/Schulz Camera systems, get in touch for more info. The Scout 37″ is also perfect for D.I.T server / rack set ups

    Inovativ Scout 37 Hire London

    Tool-Free design, can be put together in 30 seconds. Wheels easily come off and stored inside during transport / flight

    Inovatic Scout 37" Hire London

    5/8 Baby Pin System allows wide variety of attachments e.g digi plate, external monitor.

    Inovatic Scout 37" Hire London

    The Inovativ Scout 37″ Collapses down into Flight-Friendly size and weight (20kg without wheels, 29kg with).

    Inovativ Scout Steadicam System Attachment

    Additional camera system accessories are available (pic: Steadicam)